Babies seem to cause knitters to want to make things. Since I know the babies themselves don't really care, I make something for mom instead. For expectant moms that I'm really close to, I offer a choice between a shawl or socks. My friend Maggie is the first to choose socks.
Most of the extant socks are done in blue and white, but Maggie decided on green and white. I knit all my socks out of super-wash wool so they can be machine washed. I used a fingering weight, from Knit Picks called Stroll. I love this stuff. It looks great, wears well and is inexpensive. I used the forest heather and white.
Typically, the white in the original socks was made of cotton. But Maggie abandoned us for the cold and rainy north and I don't want her to feet to be cold even though she moved away. (Bitter? Whyever do you ask?)
These are based on the Ibex sock, originally make for a child. I've also made several pair for myself and my husband from some of Urtatim's other patterns as well as patterns of my own. I will admit that I treat knitting patterns the way treat recipes. I look at them as a list of suggestions, really. So any differences you see are just my own preferences.
The sock on the left is part of the pair I made for myself from Knitpicks Stroll in a fingering weight like the Ibex socks above. I wear a size 8 shoe. The sock on the right is concrete proof that I love my husband and his size 14 feet very much. These are done in a DK weight yarn, also from Knitpicks. The first pair of socks I made for him, he requested something 'simple', trying to make things 'easy' on me. This led to the Socks of Profanity, plain red stockinette stitches with a simple band at the top. In fingering weight yarn. On size 00 needles. Because I love my husband. A lot.
Anyway, if you had told me 5 years ago I would consider hand-knit socks to be a necessary luxury I would have laughed. But the truth is, I am a better, more compassionate person when my feet are the correct temperature.
And knitting isn't nearly as hard as it sometimes looks. I promise.